• http://twitter.com/Yelmurc Brian W. Crumley

    I still use Libraries but mainly as just a quiet place to work that has wifi.

  • http://twitter.com/sharithurow sharithurow

    Hi Chris and SEL readers,

    I cannot imagine my life without libraries or reference librarians. I think reference librarians are some of the coolest people on the planet.

    If you or anyone gets a chance to visit the Bodleian Library (at Oxford University), observe the way that people requested desired information/documents hundreds of years ago. How do people locate and discover information now and then?

    Perhaps we are overlooking the obvious.

    Libraries rock. Love ’em.

  • http://twitter.com/Volkai Volkai

    In the future the library is where you will learn how to internets.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveS1 Steve Schildwachter

    Just yesterday I sent my teenage daughter to the local library to work on her research paper. As predicted, browsing the shelves in two different topic areas got her to some great source material more effectively than if she had searched online — which leads to a lot of distractions and detours (see: The Shallows). To be sure, online research will be part of the process, but going to physical shelves was also a necessary step.

  • http://twitter.com/tmclain Tim McLain

    As a former 11-year veteran of ProQuest, one of several deep-Web information database providers to libraries, this quote doesn’t surprise me: “Most students have no idea what a database is and therefore get their information from Google, while the tremendous resources available online from our library go unknown and unused.”

    We worked hard internally to create marketing materials for libraries to post/email/post to social networks, etc. to advertise their databases to patrons. You can view most of this material here:

    Libraries are strapped for cash as it is, and are not marketing experts.

    I think libraries should embrace Google and all search engines, along with banner advertising, mobile, and social media, to get the word out in their local communities about the unique databases they have open to patrons, as well as the services they provide, author chats, etc.

    I believe the first deep-Web database vendor – ProQuest, Gale, EBSCO – to step up to offer a strategic marketing plan using digital and traditional tools to libraries will win more business and grow local library usage quickly. It’s something I’ve talked about on several occasions with ProQuest staffers.

  • http://www.altaresources.com/ Cory Grassell

    As a former campus-library employee, I can’t stress the importance of libraries for students; in fact, I think those libraries will adapt just fine. Public, city-run libraries certainly have their challenges ahead of them, but they’re just like any other “media company” trying to adapt to changing user behaviors and technology.

    As an aside, a few colleagues and I were conversing yesterday about things that are now extinct. One coworker once had to educate another about “that big object” in the corner, it being a typewriter. In my case, I recalled how newer classes of students didn’t know what card catalogs are/were.

  • Allan K

    , but also offering a compelling vision of how libraries and librarians can draw from their strengths and create new and useful services for the community – something they’ve always done, and that they’re continuing to do.

  • Gabor Por

    Just a minor note that the link in the article to download the PEW report is broken. The HREF and the anchor text is mixed up.